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The Sounds return with their third album, Crossing The Rubicon . A career-defining eleven song set that demonstrates the type of growth that can only come from a band in total command of their talents. Their synth-pop, guitar driven sound still takes center stage, but there s an ambition and sophistication to both the songs and production that reveals new layers of depth to the overall aesthetic. Recorded in Sweden, Los Angeles and New York, Crossing The Rubicon continues to deliver the big, fist pumping, arena sized anthems the band are known for. These songs have an undeniable energy. From the electro, club banger, Beatbox, to the cocksure beauty of the album s first single No One Sleeps When I m Awake , the new album presents a more fully formed version of the sound that established them as both a fan and critics favorite.

Over the last few years, The Sounds have garnered a massive fanbase built upon non-stop touring, two acclaimed records, great film/TV and video game placements and an organic word of mouth reaction. Renowned for their intense and exuberant live shows, The have captivated fans around the world, playing more than 500 shows in support of 2006 s Dying To Say This To You , selling out major venues in over 25 countries worldwide, including the legendary Hollywood Palladium (to the delight of 4000 fans), and selling half a million records world wide.

Crossing The Rubicon promises to be the band s best selling record to date as the band has been confirmed to support No Doubt all summer long.
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  • Audio CD (June 2, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: INgrooves Fontana/Original Signal Record
  • ASIN: B0026RLQEE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Lin on June 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I can't decide whether I like this album better than Dying to Say This To You but I killed that album by playin' it over and over and it looks like I'm doin' the same to this's that good...or even better...

1.No One Sleeps When I'm Awake...(5/5) great first single...very catchy and if you're not a fan as yet this one will definitely get your attention

2.4 Songs & A Fight (4/5) catchy that you'd definitely sing along the riffs

3.My Lover (5/5)..I thought the song was asking someone to 'be my lover'..this one got stuck in my head and I was singin' that out loud till I found out the lyrics were 'beat, beat my lover'..ah well...still an awesome song..Maja sings the verses fast it's almost like she's rappin...

4.Dorchester Hotel (5/5) Probably my favorite song on the album...we get to hear one of the guys sing a small part...I think it's deep lyrics wise...I'm not too sure if it's goin to a hotel to be with an old love or kill decide..

5.Beatbox (5/5) I wasn't too sure if I liked it at first because I was like what? with the lyrics...but it's one of the best actually...definitely captures what The Sounds are...because the rock guitar riffs are there but there's this 80's/disco vibe to it...there's a live video of them playin' this one circling the web...and I definitely wish I was one who was in the crowd

6.Underground (3/5) My least favorite from the album...didn't catch me like the rest..upbeat though

7.Crossing the Rubicon (4/5)..shortest song on the album...I feel like i'm in outerspace with this one..

8.Midnight Sun (4/5)...sweet song lyrics wise...not the best but not skippable either...

9.Lost In Love (4/5)...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barrett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This review reflects my personal opinion~

Let me pop in my two cents. I love the Sounds. I got bored with most music right around 1999 (thanks to a glut of nausea inducing 'rock-rap' and Nickleback...). I kept treading water listening to Radiohead and a few other bands hoping that there would be better music around the corner. And lo and behold, the magical days of the late 2000s and early 2010s comes!

Along with several other cutting edge bands fusing styles seamlessly (mainly rock, pop, and electronic), the Sounds have restored my faith in music. Crossing the Rubicon is a fantastic album from start to finish. Though a few songs are better or more catchy than others, the album generally exudes quality and style. The vocals sizzle with Ivarsson's amazing talent. The instrumentation is fantastic and provides a fitting back drop for the vocals, never drowning her out, never quite fading into near silence.

I would say that if you enjoy listening to the Kills, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, or Metric, then you might do yourself a service and pick up this album (their best so far in my humble opinion). Yay Sweden!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ecostarr on July 13, 2009
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First let me say that anyone who is looking for an 80's inspired sound will not be disappointed. If you hated the 80's, especially the synth infused sound from the 80's, you probably won't like CtR. What follows is a more detailed review of each song.

1.No One Sleeps When I'm Awake...(5/5) I loved this song, and it is no surprise it is the first single released from the album. According too Maja the song is about people pursuing their dreams with restless abandon. Knowing this improved my enjoyment of the song, bringing to life the catchy lyrics.

2.4 Songs & A Fight (4/5) A catchy, fun song that is good but just doesn't leave a lasting impression on me.

3.My Lover (5/5) Great song; I loved the REM inspired riff and the soaring refrain added to my enjoyment of the song

4.Dorchester Hotel (5/5) Not only does it present catchy lyrics , but the lyrics suggest the conflict between love, passion, heretic and hypocrisy. Is it a passionate love affair she is portraying as bordering on religious, or has her former flame found God and is indulging in passions denied him, or something else entirely? I love not knowing and speculating on the possibilities.

5.Beatbox (4/5) Like others not a big fan of this song . . . initially. Combining rap delivered lyrics that occasionally riffs on the Beastie Boys Intergalactic. On subsequent playings the song is growing on me. The biggest problem is the cliche lyrics. I wouldn't be surprised if it is one of the singles produced off this album, however, for its great dance club potential. If they do release it as a single I anticipate the DJ mixes will be superior, which is the main reason I give this song a 4 rather than a 3.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daz on October 18, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I hadn't even heard of The Sounds until a few days ago, when I came across their music by accident. Whoa! This band is amazing! A sort of retro-80's sound, yet very modern. "No one Sleeps When I'm Awake" kicks off the album with a driving beat, awesome blend of guitar and synths, sharp songwriting, and of course Maja Ivarsson's powerful and unique vocals, and these elements continue throughout. (Others have compared The Sounds to Blondie, and I think that's not too far off... just with a modern sensibility, and more energy than Blondie typically had).

I was hooked by just the first few songs of this CD, which are all great, but then I got to "Midnight Sun". Wow! This song blew me away! Heartfelt lyrics and an infectious tune that is somehow deep and yet catchy at the same time. By the time I heard that, I became officially a Sounds fan. Definitely will be checking out their other albums.
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